Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wednesday Weekend Wind Up {Happy Birthday, America!}



As I am typing this, we can feel a light mist through our window and the temperature is 63. How can it be the Fourth of July? Fortunately, the d├ęcor is up all over town and the appearance of carnivals throughout the area are enough to put us in the mood! I especially love Arlington Heights' display of historic flags in front of the park district building. Beautiful!

Looking ahead, there is a lot to do! I picked out some ideas that stood out from the deluge of events befalling us this weekend. Also, if you are looking for a parade or fireworks display specifically, Toddling Around Chicagoland has a good list!

Wednesday, July 2

Today through Sunday brings Lisle's Eyes to the Skies. The hallmark of the event are brilliant balloon launches! There also will be a carnival, fireworks, festival and more. Check website for times. Admission is $7, free for kids under 7, free July 4th until 3PM for Lisle residents w/ photo ID, free for military personal on July 4th with ID (active & veterans). Parking is $5. My hometown in New Jersey held a hot air balloon festival every year and it was a blast! Hot air balloons look so magnificent in the sky!
Frontier Days in Arlington Heights will start today and run through Sunday. There will be live music, a family stage with family entertainment, an arts & crafts fair Sat-Sun, a carnival, food, a dog frisbee challenge, a chance to learn hockey skills and more. Admission is free and there is a charge for carnival rides. See schedule for more info.

Mt. Prospect is also starting its Village Festival today which will run through Sunday. Fireworks, live music, food, a carnival and more! See schedule.
Hometown Fest will also be adding spirit to Palatine today and will run through Sunday. Live entertainment, fireworks (July 3), parade (July 5), arts and craft fair, family day, carnival rides and more!
Thursday, July 3
Barrington's festivities begin Thursday and run through Saturday. During the  July 4th Festivities and Brat Tent, you can expect kids activities, live entertainment, food and new Patriot Park tent to honor the military and their families including the Color Guard and military artifacts. Toys for Tots will be collecting toys. Check out the schedule because there will be a lot going on! I love the addition of the Color Guard each day! Also, don't forget to check out the festive, patriotic photo booth!
Friday, July 4
The Northbrook 4th of July will include a pancake breakfast, a walk, Northbrook Historical Society Museum and Inn Shop, parent/child mini golf tourney, parade and more--see website. 
In Glenview, kids can join a Bike Parade at 11:15AM. Kids can decorate their bikes with patriotic items and ride in the parade, no pre-registration necessary. The event is free and helmets recommended. See website for more info. The bike parade is before the traditional parade. Fireworks are later in the day.
Saturday, July 5
Saturday and Sunday enjoy the Art Festival at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe from 10AM-5PM. Stroll through a botanic-themed art show including paintings, jewelry, wood, cement and more. There will be kids art in an activity tent, art for sale, Admission is free but there is a $25 parking fee for cars (free for members).
Sample the regions of our country during the Travel America Festival at the Morton Arboretum Saturday and Sunday from 10AM-4PM. The festival will really touch all of your senses through dance, music, food games and more! The event is free with admission to the Arboretum. Admission is $12 Adults ages 18–64, $11 Seniors ages 65+ and $9 Youth ages 2–17. Those 1 and under are free! There will be Acorn Express Tram rides highlighting tree collections representing America. There is a fee for the Tram rides and tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Center
The Bristol Renaissance Faire opens on Saturday, so why not add a little of that Bristol spirit to your holiday weekend? See website for ticket info.
Take in some nature learning when the Forest Fun Van and UIE Mobile Lab visits Bunker Hill in Niles from 1:00PM-4:00PM. The event is free!
Have a Starry, Starry Night at the Heller Nature Center in Highland Park from 8:30PM-10:00PM. Enjoy the Starlab portable planetarium, work on constellation identification and test your skills outside. is The event $8 pp. You must register, 1 registered adult/child, ages 7+.
Sunday, July 6
Check out Life Under a Log at River Trail Nature Center in Northbrook from 1:30PM-2:30PM. See what lives under a log. The event is free!
Palatine Jaycee's Free Family Day will run 1PM-4PM and include carnival games, bouncy houses, a balloon artist and more!

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